Thursday, June 2, 2016

What Does the Jameel Prize Mean for Contemporary Islamic Art?

APOLLO MAGAZINE
By Lucien de Guise
Detail of "Hyde Park Kashan," 1862 (2011), David Chalmers Alesworth (b. 1957). Photo: David Chalmers Alesworth
TURKEY---In April, U2’s frontman-philosopher Bono made headlines with his suggestion for combating ISIS: by sending in Sacha Baron Cohen and a commando team of standups, comedy would deal a blow to barbarism. I would like to point out a more successful alternative: the Jameel Prize. Although it is less well known than the Turner Prize, the Jameel has a chance of changing more perceptions and saving more cultural heritage. The Jameel Prize is ‘an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition’.[link]